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CNN
Oct 6, 2012 7:30am EDT
the state. >>> in ohio, a legal win for president obama's campaign and the democrats. it should be easier for voters to cast their ballots in the key battleground state. a federal appeals court affirmed a lower court's decision to block the state's early voting restrictions, which would have closed early voting in person to most on the friday before election day. the state could appeal the court's ruling, but ohio's secretary of state says his office is currently reviewing that decision. we'll be talking to his assistant secretary of state at 9:00 eastern time. >>> death threats, threatening phone calls and vicious e-mails all because they decline to be a campaign stop for mitt romney, that is a terrifying response this mexican restaurant in denver, colorado, is now getting. the cafe a has been a neighborhood joint for years and the owners who are from mexico are mormon. they say they just didn't want it be a campaign tool, but weren't expecting this kind of backlash. >> i couldn't sleep last night. we didn't want to exclude anybody, we just didn't want -- we didn't want to be a ca
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 1:00pm EDT
afford to be sitting. >> buckeye battleground, obama and romney both in ohio tonight. the state that matters most to republicans. first, romney kicks off the day at a family farm in iowa where he will be speaking minutes from now. and the battle over big bird, the president turns his attack into a punch line and a commercial, as sesame workshop and senator john mccain cried foul over the obama campaign's new bird ad. >> elmo is -- has been seen in a white suburban he's driving for the border. oscar is hide out in his trash can. we're cracking down on them. governor romney's plan is to let wall street run wild again but he's going to bring the hammer down on sesame street. >> one thing that president obama can't run on is his record, and so big bird, i guess, is a fun thing to talk about. >> good day. i'm andrea mitchell live in washington. president obama and mitt romney are heading back to ohio today in a very different situation than the last time they campaigned in the battleground state. the new pew poll know shows governor romney ahead among likely voters. it's the latest d
PBS
Oct 9, 2012 9:00pm EDT
democratic convention. >> the next senator from the state of illinois, barack obama! (crowd cheering) >> narrator: he was virtually unknown. but he had, in effect, been writing the speech since punahou, and oxy, and those long years in new york city. >> tonight is a particular honor for me because, let's face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. my father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in kenya. >> he put himself in the middle of the american story and he made people feel that there was still an america that could come together despite all of the divisions, and that in some way or another he was able to embody those aspirations about what americans thought they wanted to see happen in the country. >> there is not a liberal america and a conservative america, there is the united states of america. there is not a black america, a white america, a latino america, an asian america, there's the united states of america. >> michelle sees this happening. and she has tears streaming down her cheeks. i'm sitting in the crowd, and a woman next to me is c
PBS
Oct 10, 2012 12:00am EDT
2004, barack obama was back in boston. in the years since law school, he'd become a state senator and had had that failed run against bobby rush. >> the buzz was there was this up-and-coming young state senator from illinois. most people probably couldn't pronounce his name. >> narrator: now he was running for the u.s. senate in illinois and was the keynote speaker at the 2004 democratic convention. >> the next senator from the state of illinois, barack obama! (crowd cheering) >> narrator: he was virtually unknown. but he had, in effect, been writing the speech since punahou, and oxy, and those long years in new york city. >> tonight is a particular honor for me because, let's face it, my presence on this stage is pretty unlikely. my father was a foreign student, born and raised in a small village in kenya. >> he put himself in the middle of the american story and he made people feel that there was still an america that could come together despite all of the divisions, and that in some way or another he was able to embody those aspirations about what americans thought they wanted
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 8:00am PDT
state of ohio where the obama campaign has 120 field offices. governor romney's campaign has 35. so how does your party plan to catch up? we know mitt romney is in the state of ohio continuing his push there today. >> good morning. it is great to be with you again. i think very simply. this sounds very rudimentary. offices can't contact people. people do. and when you look at just last weekend alone, we had 30,000 volunteers in the balance ground states making 2.5 million voter contacts. robust absentee ballot and early vote program. we had our -- our ground game in place in march of this year which is months before when it had been done before. the metrics we have in terms of total volunteer contacts are -- now exceeding 35 million. and we have made in the battleground states p so, again, i think what you hear from the obama campaign is that they like to tout the number of offices that they open. so they open an office. again, that's not activity and that's not results. the end of the day, the question is do you get your people out to the polls to vote for you? and we continue to ident
NBC
Oct 4, 2012 11:00pm EDT
ulocal. >> president obama and mitt romney are hitting in the hotly contested battle ground states after the first time to tell matchup last night. many analysts see romney as the victor, st. president obama needs to work to keep that momentum going. tracing mitchell is in washington. >> the president's team compares the debate to the playoffs. after the game, you evaluate and make adjustments. obama came out in the battleground state of colorado firing and ready for the fight. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this buried spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. -- i met this very spirited fellow who claim to be mitt romney. he did not want to be held accountable for the real mitt romney decisions and what he has been saying for the last year. that is because he knows full well that we don't want what he has been selling for the last year. >> it is fun to be here and feel all that energy that you have here. >> the governor was selling his crowd also. >> the government's trickle-down economy is one where he will raise taxes on small business, which will kill jobs. i want to keep
FOX News
Oct 10, 2012 3:00am PDT
nationally, what he has done is he's taken a look at all 11 swing states won by president obama in 2008 and take a look at this. right now, governor mitt romney is actually leading the president of the united states by two points. 49-47%. with those swing states, i'm talking about colorado, florida, iowa, michigan, nevada, new hampshire, north carolina, ohio, pennsylvania, virginia and wisconsin. >> brian: why do they think a combined battle ground state poll even matters is crazy because the president still is doing fine in new hampshire where he's now trail not guilty ohio. he's trailing in ohio and north carolina and struggling in florida and virginia, but he's doing better in nevada. so why combine all those? it makes no sense because each one of them is a separate game. >> gretchen: it is, but i guess it shows that these are the states that will ultimately make the decision, right or wrong, the way the electoral college works. these are the states that are electrical to where the candidates are going now for the next 20 some days before the election. speaking of that, who was
CBS
Oct 2, 2012 1:35am EDT
economy. colorado is a battleground state that went for president obama back in 2008. a new washington post poll gives the president a comfortable 11-point lead in the swing states. the poll also shows 56% of voters think the fort president is going to win this first debate. sunday in las vegas, he tried to dial back those expectations. >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> the president is staying in nevada until wednesday. mr. romney is already in colorado. now, as governor romney and the president are a little sick of all the homework they have to do to get ready, we can tell them who's to blame. chances are it's fred con's fault. gary nurenberg met con in bethesda tonight and got him to at least take some responsibility. gary? >> when kahn was a student at the university of maryland in 1956 this new american citizen thought it will be a good idea to have the presidential candidates appear there together to answer questions from students. hadn't been done before. yes, there were people at the time who said be careful what you wish for. '56 was a remat
MSNBC
Oct 8, 2012 12:00pm PDT
about earlier. the question is whether obama gets an outsized bounce in states like ohio, nevada and iowa where he was doing better than nationally. if you look at all of the national polls conducted since the first debate, what you see is about a three point gain for romney. if that holds and if that uniformly filtering down to the battleground states, romney would still trail in iowa, ohio and alabama and obama would have a slight advantage ♪ electoral college. >> continuing our theme of what really matters, let's talk about the polls. obviously, polls don't vote. but do they sway the electorate? do they see one person as leading or gaining and some people decide to change their vote? is there some science on do polls actually shape the election itself? >> i don't think there's very much evidence that polls shift the election. if they did, i think we would see, you know, a clearer sign of that. what i think the public reacts to that is momentum, i think a lot of voters are like the people that aren't sure or are sure what they want for dinner but won't say it in a crowd necessari
FOX
Oct 5, 2012 6:00pm EDT
. >> clear -- >> clearly, both of the presidential campaigns covet virginia. this is president obama's 17th trip to the state just this year and mitt romney was in the state yesterday and will return on monday. >> i love you, too, guys. >> reporter: the romney campaign said wednesday's debate has been a big boost to their efforts in virginia. >> obviously, people saw the great debate performance. people are fired up as ever. we're having more volunteers stream into the office. >> reporter: but still, most major polls have president obama ahead in virginia and heading from fairfax to ohio and is expected he will be back several times before the election. next week is shaping up to be a busy one in virginia and the white house announced -- and mitt romney is slated to deliver a major foreign policy address at the virginia military snout. >> a federal judge said the transit system must allow and to equate muslim radicals with savages. they sued for the right to display the ads and they up in subway stations and must be displayed here no later than 5:00 p.m. on monday and we spoke to the a
NBC
Oct 10, 2012 4:00am EDT
ohio. voters in that key state have been getting plenty of time with president obama and his republican rival mitt romney. both candidates campaigned hard in the buckeye state tuesday. in fact, romney is spending four out of five days there this week. the reason, a new cnn orc poll shows it is a close rate for ohio's 18 electoral votes with 51% of likely voters backing president obama, 47% for romney. that, of course, made closer after last week's debate. meanwhile, ohio's election chief, a republican, has asked the supreme court to reinstate a new law that cuts off the final three days of early voting. an appeals court blocks the law pushed through by state republicans. as romney continues to campaign in ohio, president obama is back in the white house this morning. nbc's tracie pots joins us now with all the latest from washington, tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. good morning, everyone. the president is closing the gap in a number of these battleground states and it continues to say the $5 trillion tax cut romney's proposing would add to the deficit a
NBC
Oct 10, 2012 4:30am PDT
house without carrying the buckeye state. president obama had earlier wrapped up his 17th rally there. the most of any other state. with new polls showing a much tighter race, both candidates have been trading shots over a proposed tax plan. >> that leaves only one option. that's asking middle class families to foot the bill. >> the president's charge of a $5 trillion tax cut is obviously inaccurate and wrong. >> meantime, vice president joe biden and republican candidate paul ryan getting ready for their debate. that's set for tomorrow. >> right now, time for a check on the markets. for that, let's turn it over to courtney reagan. she is live at cnbc world headquarters. good morning. >> hi, good morning. futures are a little lower right now. the imf cut its global economic forecast and investors braced for earnings. better than expected results last night but alcoa did cut demand forecasts noting a slowdown in china. today, a federal report on regional economic conditions. the dow fell 110 points. the nasdaq dropped 47 to 365. toyota is recalling more than 7 million vehicles because
ABC
Oct 9, 2012 5:30pm EDT
, key battleground states. first of all, in michigan, there's a new poll showing president obama's lead dwindling from 10 points last month to three points now. then go over to ohio. a new cnn/orc poll shows a statistical tie. but it's a shrinking lead and one in eight ohio voters polled said they could still change their mind before the election. that's exactly why you see both candidates in ohio today. it's president obama's 15th time in the state and mitt romney is there a little later tonight. he is tailoring his message for the heartland. >> there are big differences between the president and me. he has in plan for rural america, no plans forking a culture, no plan for getting people back to work. i do. >> reporter: normally you would see the running mates crisscrossing across the battleground states. they are temporarily off the campaign trail. >> emily, talking about those debates, mitt romney's comment about big bird last week is getting more play. tell us what's developing with that. >> reporter: usually we talk about politics making for strange bed fellows. this case you have
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 2:00am PDT
the fact that obama still seems to on have a lead in the majority of swing state polls. but romney, who a week or two ago go looked like his campaign might be dead in the water, now is very, very close. maybe the debate was the october surprise, although it wouldn't be the first time that a challenger did really well in the first televised debate. >> every night rachel maddow takes on the biggest stories of the day. watch her at 9:00 eastern right here on msnbc, the place for politics. >>> a 70-year-old man has become the first person in florida to could i from the meningitis outbreak and that brings the death toll nationwide to 12. at least 119 people in ten states have been infected. and now two lawmakers say they'll write legislation giving the fda more you power over specialty pharmacies. like the one believed to be at the center of the outbreak. >>> we do have an update this morning on the 14-year-old pakistani girl shot in the head for blogging. the senior neurosurgeon tells nbc news the girl was operate order today but remains in critical condition. however, he is optimistic
PBS
Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
presidential contest. >> brown: barack obama won this state in 2008 by the slimmest of margins with help from a large african-american turnout. four years later in a down economy it looks like his challenge will be even greater. >> woodruff: and we talk with national public radio's greg allen. he focuses on the outreach to hispanics in the tar heel state. >> ifill: then margaret warner updates the investigation into the assault on the u.s. consulate in libya. >> woodruff: we look at new findings showing australia's great barrier reef has lost half its coral in the last 27 years. >> ifill: and we close with snapshots of three of this year's macarthur genius award winners, each with a unique view of war. >> people tend to look at the military, they tend to look at war and they tend to look at conflict as something very black and white. it's not like that at all. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: creating new enriching experiences. through intel's philosophy of "invest you for the future" we're helping bring these new capabil
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 6:00am PDT
in iowa. >> florida is a republican absentee state. >> john mccain got 47% when barack obama was as popular as he's ever going to be. >> we have a race. >>> more trouble across the pond causing waves on wall street. >>> plus a defiant jerry sandusky is trying to proclaim innocence from behind bars, the former penn state coach is going to learn his fate minutes from now. >>> a trivia question, who were the first vice president m candidate to participate in a debate in the presidential elect shung? rachel quit the corporate grind to start her own interior design business. she's got a growing list of clients she keeps in touch with using e-mail marketing from constantcontact.com. constantcontact is easy and affordable. it lets her send out updates and photos that showcase her expertise and inspire her customers for only $15 a month. [ dog barking ] her dream -- to be the area's hottest interior design office. [ children laughing ] right now, she just dreams of an office. get a free trial at constantcontact.com. if we want to improve our schools... ...what should we invest in? maybe new
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 11:00am PDT
columbus, ohio. before the day is out, romney like obama will venture into the buckeye state with 18 electoral votes there. cnn's john king is in ohio for us today. we'll be talking to him a little bit later and talk about the importance of the buckeye state come november 6th. right now, mitt romney trying to ride that wave of post debate momentum, in a speech last hour, just west of des moines, a blustery afternoon there, and, a pitch to iowa farmers. >> people have been waiting a long time for a farm bill. and the president has to exert the kind of presidential leadership it takes to get the house and the senate together and actually pass a farm bill. that's something i will devote my time to make sure we get that bill passed so farmers know what they can expect. there are big differences between the president and me. he has no plan for rural america. no plan for agriculture. no plan for getting people back to work. and i do. you know i spoke about it all over the country. and i'm going to make sure i help the american farmer and i help our economy and i get america working again.
MSNBC
Oct 6, 2012 7:00am EDT
the golden state and is it spreading? in the buckeye state, victory for the obama camp on early voting. we'll dig into that ahead. ah. fire bad! just have to fire roast these tomatoes. this is going to give you a head start on your dinner. that seems easier [ female announcer ] new progresso recipe starters. five delicious cooking sauces you combine with fresh ingredients to make amazing home-cooked meals. email marketing from constant contact reaches people in a place they're checking every day -- their inbox. and it gives you the tools to create custom emails that drive business. it's just one of the ways constant contact can help you grow your small business. sign up for your free trial today at constantcontact.com/try. anyone have occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating? yeah. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. approved! [ phillips' lady ] live the regular life. phillips'. wouldn't it be nice if there was an easier, less-expensive option than using a traditional lawyer? w
FOX
Oct 10, 2012 12:00pm PDT
as cover. >>> president obama is also meeting with secretary of state, hillary clinton, this afternoon, after that congressional hearing. mr. obama is back on the job as president after a campaign swing through california and ohio. today, his campaign managers are accusing mitt romney of misleading voters about several issues including abortion. they say he's hiding more conservative views in order to attract voters. tomorrow, the president heads to florida, the largest battleground state. >> we're just gonna get the heck out of the way and let you succeed. [ cheers ] >> mitt romney continues his campaign today with the support of chris christieraise taxes on small business. i will not raise taxes on business. i will not tase ax -- raise taxes on middle-income people i will not raise taxes on the american people. it's a very different approach. >> no republican has won the presidency without winning ohio. romney plans to spend the next three days in that state. >>> brian kobilka got the call from sweden about 2:20 a.m. that he won the nobel prize. he's a profess at stanford s
MSNBC
Oct 3, 2012 3:00am PDT
going mitt romney's way in a couple of key swing states. >> fascinating times. >>> next, obama deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter joins us live from denver. also joining us from denver, nbc news political director chuck todd. you're watching "morning joe" brewed by starbucks. welcome aboard! [ chuckles ] ♪ [ honk! ] ♪ [ honk! ] ♪ [ honk! ] ♪ [ male announcer ] now you'll know when to stop. [ honk! ] the all-new nissan altima with easy fill tire alert. [ honk! ] it's our most innovative altima ever. nissan. innovation that excites. ♪ you paid...wow. hmmm. let's see if walmart can help you find the same look for less. okay. see? walmart has all these leading eyewear brands and styles. rockstar! really? yeah. oh, wow! oh, black frame looks good on you. yeah? you can get a complete pair starting at just -- $38. really?! and did you know that our glasses come with a free 12-month replacement guarantee? i didn't know walmart had all this. the price is impressive, the quality is too! come to walmart and see for yourself. find quality eyewear brands starting at just $38. only
FOX News
Oct 3, 2012 8:00pm EDT
states because of the range of personal attacks obama made on him. largely on his business career. and he should have been answering those in ads but he has to answer them in this debate. he has to explain what the kay men islands is. he has to explain the 47%. when he does that he will completely dismiss obama's campaign to date. >> so you believe that his explanation of his tax shelters and whatever will just put it to rest. >> yes. first heed you is say about the kay men islands bill and hillary clinton claim $200,000 of foreign tax credits in 2006. that's more than i did. >> bill: he has got it say to the people these criticisms will -- okay for the secretary of state by isn't it okay for me. >> bill: you said something very interesting. you said that he has pulse ahead in the swing tates last time you said he wasn't. >> i said just the opposite. falling behind. -- that is true i think the polls are rest. i just went through it if you take ohio, florida and virginia, you combine them, the exit polls from the last four elections have a 1 point democratic skew. the polling that
FOX News
Oct 3, 2012 11:00am EDT
battleground states. "nbc news-wall street journal poll" finding president obama is in the lead now with 49% vote compared with governor romney 46%. that is down from the five point lead the president had earlier in the month. mary katharine ham, editor-at-large for hotair.com. fox news contributor. juan williams is fox news political analyst. he is out in denver. good to see you both. mary katherine, the president, however has a commanding lead among women. why is that? what is he going to do about it? what is romney going to do about it and is romney going to try to address that tonight? >> well i think in 2010 there was a swing towards republicans among independents and among women. the republicans actually won them in 2010. i think that freaks democrats out rightly and they went on the rampage on this messaging, you heard the war on women theme all summer long which was mostly fabricated and, i think it had some success. they have been worried about, mitt romney doesn't have to win women. what he has to do is peel off some of obama's voters. they were rightly trying to shore that up. i
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 11:00am EDT
obama, look at this positively, he's the underdog now. the president of the united states is now the underdog. >> mitt romney will be stump thing hour in battleground ohio with the fiery surrogate chris christie who will be bringing what some on the left call his own jersey shore brand of gtl. go tell lies. meanwhile, romney's getting help from at not so eke receipt weapon of his own. his wife, ann. appearing on "gma" and launching a mid week media blitz calling president obama and democrats poor sports. >> it is sort of like someone that, you know, in the sandbox like lost the game and they are just going to kick sand in someone's face and say you liar. i mean, it is like -- they lost. and so now they just are going to say okay, the game, you know, between didn't like the game. >> okay. let's dive in to our wednesday political power panel. msnbc's contributor jimmy sxwms republican strategist hogan giddily. it is good to have you here. jimmy, i want to start with you. bill clinton was on fire in las vegas yesterday. making the case romney can't be believed in doing it only in a way
FOX News
Oct 9, 2012 10:00pm PDT
past president obam aleading 48-47% in the buckeye state. last month, obama led, 48-47%. ohio governor rob portman is here. >> how are you? >> even though it's well within the margin of error and a tick upward, you must be pleased at least, that you are in the game? >> we are pleased with the polling. more importantly, we are pleased with what is happening on the ground. we had a rally here in northeast ohio, a key part of the state, over 13,000 people showed up. i am seeing it everywhere i go. i was in a victory center in southwestern ohio yesterday, another key part of the state. folks were showing up who had never been involved in politics, the phones were all staffed. there is something going on that is different. we have a lot more energy and enthusiasm than we had in 2008 and that will make a big difference. >> how does g.m. play into this? one of the last polls a saw, everyone thought it reflected the fact that governor romney opposed the bailout of g.m. and so president obama was a hero to the g.m. workers, in ohio? >> well, it's an interesting situation because people are find
WETA
Oct 5, 2012 8:30pm EDT
narrative. i am curious to see the next wave of polling. if he is closing the gap in the swing states, there will be immense pressure on president obama to show up in the second debate. >> the president's critics have said that he was essentially sleepwalking through history here, like he wanted to be somewhere else. >> he was sleepwalking through history. i do not think i have ever said this on television before. i told you so. he has never been a natural debater. he has to always be beaten almost by his tap into being a good debater. the only time i thought he was a superb evader was with john mccain, and they really had to knock him up to do that. he is a competitor, he will be that, but romney has done this consistently brought the campaign. he has been a very good debater when he had to be. he had good debates in the primaries when he needed to. obama, this was a very big missed opportunity. looking down all the time was legal. >> colby? where was the presence fastball? >> he did not have it. he did not have anything. they are dancing in the end zone, the republicans, but they ar
MSNBC
Oct 2, 2012 12:00pm EDT
in the popular vote and then if the swing states behave accordingly, obama's polling is stronger in the swing states it would look impressive on the map, it would be a below average margin for the incumbent. romney does have his work cut out for him. of the six we talked about before, the two biggest problems are probably ohio where he hasn't led in the poll by a long time and, in fact, his best polls put him down three or four points. the worst put him down nine or ten points. ohio is a huge problem for romney right now and wisconsin where he seemed to get a bounce often due when he named paul ryan has faded and see how single digits, a couple double-digit leads for obama in that state as well. without those two romney would have to sweep almost everything else including nevada, iowa, virginia, florida, you know it's possible but he's going to need a shift back in the overall climate, too much work for him just to win all these coin flips in a row if he drops ohio and wisconsin. >> statistically the case that no republican has won the presidential without ohio? >> in 70 years. >> w
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 12:00pm PDT
appears if you look at the battleground states, it still favors obama. nothing has fundamentally changed. if things keep move inning this direction and this just isn't a reaction to one very bad night for obama last week, well, then, we talk about something else. it's not clear that's what happened yet. >> don't tell that to andrew sullivan, because he is having a breakdown in "the daily beast" today. he laments what he calls devastating new positill numberd he calls the president too air grant to take a core campaign responsibility too seriously, too arrogant to give his supporters kwwhat they deserve. what do you make of that? >> i think andrew is always interesting and provocative. he makes a good point. it probably overstates it. remember a couple of weeks ago all the rats were abandoning the sinking romney ship. he'd be a great president. he's a lousy candidate. there's nothing we can do. guess what? he's back in the game. he probably wasn't out of the game at the time, and certainly obama is not out of the game now. i just think, you know, this is be the story line for the
CBS
Oct 8, 2012 6:30pm EDT
president obama hadn't taken already. >> that's why the united states will do what we must to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: they pointed out romney's embrace of a middle east peace plan for two separate states with israel and palestine was at odds with what he told donors in that secretly taped florida fund-raiser. >> reporter: obama campaign officials described romney's speech as an attempt at a foreign policy reboot after embarrassing missteps overseas this summer. they pointed to his visit to london where he questioned the u.k.'s olympic readiness and his visit to israel where he suggested palestinians lacked the economic drive of their israeli neighbors. president clinton's secretary of state, madeleine albright, told reporters on an obama campaign conference call that romney's speech was full of platitudes but no policies. >> there's an awful lot of rhetoric and things, but when you get to the specifics, you kind of don't get the sense that he knows exactly what tools to use and how to operate within an international setting and what the role of the u
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 7:30pm PDT
brown state, they were losing jobs in the first full year of barack obama's presidency. unemployment, 10.6%, but three years passed, we saw increases in retail, health care, education, and look at the map today. every state that becomes lighter in this picture is a state where there was an improvement in the unemployment rate over that period of time. i will tell you there, ray great many of them out here. the unemployment rate for ohio, changed 7.2%. lock at the massive change in the country in terms of the improvement in terms of states that are no longer losing jobs, but now making jobs. to make that happen, the bureau of labor statistics says you had to have a lot of job creation. 4.4 million jobs created. what you don't hear so much about, we lost 4.3 million jobs in the dark days. the net gain according to the net record, is only 125,000 jobs. based on that even though the president did create a lot of jobs, when you look at that, look at the extent of his claim, 5 million jobs created, we have to say that's simply false. i know many democrats will say that's because the bush y
CNBC
Oct 8, 2012 7:00pm EDT
of the reasons president obama has been doing well in some of the western states like colorado, nevada, new mexico, as well as florida. we now have to see gin the smift in polls whether he can continue to remain on top and it sets up the vice presidential debate on thursday between paul ryan and vice president joe biden, larry. >> all right. i'm looking for some rock 'n roll in that debate, john. >> you'll get it. >> many thanks to john harwood. let's get right to the distinguished panel. former assistant secretary of defense larry corps who worked in the reagan administration and richard williamson who is a senior romney foreign policy adviser. welcome, gentlemen. ambassador williams, i read the speech and tried to read it carefully. mitt romney is very critical of how president obama handled the benghazi killings and so forth and security risks. i want to ask you though specifically. in your judgment does mr. romney believe there was a cover-up going on in the white house when they put out susan rice, they already knew it wasn't the video. it was actually the al qaeda terrori
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 1:00pm PDT
president obama. that makes the key battleground state of ohio even more important. both candidates are spending time there today. for the obama campaign there may be a real sudden sense of urgency. cnn's white house correspondent dan lothian is joining us now from columbus, ohio, the state capital. he's there with the president. dan. >> reporter: that's right, wolf. and here in ohio voter registration deadline today. president obama i'm told by a senior campaign aide will be pushing the audience here and those who perhaps are also watching on television here in io to not only sign up to vote but also to vote early. meantime, his campaign continues to hit hard at mitt romney. and for now big bird is not going away. trying to regain his footing and momentum after a race impacted by one debate and new poll numbers, president obama returns to ohio with a sharper more forceful message. but his campaign's continued focus on big bird is what's getting much of the attention. in almost every stump speech since his debate the president has used governor mitt romney's own words to level this crit
FOX
Oct 7, 2012 10:00pm EDT
obama in the state of virginia. >> a lot to see what happens this week. we'll see you next week. >> thank you, maureen. >>> lawmakers are taking action on capitol hill after the deadly attack in libya. peter doocy has details. >> reporter: on wednesday at noon, at a hearing on the hill, we will hear from the leader of the 16-member special forces security team that was tasked with protecting u.s. personnel at the consulate in benghazi, but reportedly left in august at the end of their mission. andrew wood is the green beret who was in charge of security at the consulate and he told cbs news part of his job was to meet with ambassador chris stevens every day to discuss security and he said it's unbelievable to him the state department decreased security, after he says he showed them how dangerous the environment was on the ground. his testimony won't bring back the four americans who were murdered. but the former u.s. ambassador to the u.n. john bolton says the state department has a chance to listen and learn and save lives in the future. >> the state department shouldn't wait f
FOX News
Oct 5, 2012 4:00pm EDT
great state of ohio, that poll, i saw it was obama by 8 percent or 9 percent. there is volatility in the polls. when george bush was running it showed he was up by eight or ten and in ohio he won by two. president obama has been ahead in ohio a state that mitt romney has been struggling. right now, romney is still down by a point there. but it is a competitive situation. the fact is, all three of these states have nobody, really, in the lead. they are pure toss ups. the question is whether this is just a bounce that will fade or is it something that mitt romney can build upon and carry through the remaining month. >> now, someone from real clear politics said maybe the jobless numbers today could benefit president obama a little bit but give us a sense of how long these things last, how long the bounce lasts and what we should look for the next week? >>guest: well, bounces last these days less than a week so if it is just a bounce it will fade. they last only until there is a better story. the jobs numbers today give president obama something new to talk about, a more positive direct
CBS
Oct 9, 2012 6:00pm EDT
considered a battleground state in this election. throughout this event here, michelle obama spokabout healthcare, the economy, getting behind people and backing people up during hard times. she said quote, we all know, we all know good and well that cutting sesame street is no way to balance the budget. that was a direct jab at comments mitt romney made last week during the presidential debate. but a large crowd showed up here at the loudoun county fair grounds to hear this event. it just wrapped up right now and i can tell you it's still a pretty electrified scene out here. back to you. >> ken, thank you. >>> first lady is not the only one talking about big bird. the producers of that program are asking the president's campaign to stop using an ad featuring big bird. that ad implies that governor romney is looking past the wall street criminals and going after the character. >> onman has the guts to speak his name. >> big bird. big bird. >> it's me. big bird. >> big, yellow, a menace to our economy. mitt romney knows it's not wall street you have to worry about, it's sesame
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 11:00am PDT
states in romney's favor. adding to the fodder, the headline of the article, "did obama just throw the entire election away?" sullivan writes, quote, i'm trying to see a silver lynning but whether a president sem-immoates on live tv and a record number of people watch, it's hard to see how they recover. questions about the future of the obama candidacy coming as new reports emerge on an all-out rebellion inside the romney campaign led by ann romney and their son, tagg. politico says the romney family staged an intervention and pushed the recent shift to the center. politico writing the family rebellion long little, despite mitt romney's initial reluctance to change reached a climax in september. joining me now to make sense of all the new polls out there, mark murray. so mark, at 1:05 eastern time we got a new gallup tracking out. before we get into that, it seems one poll today that dominated the conversation is the pugh poll, but within the last hour there was a new reuters poll that came as well. >> we reached a very volatile part of the presidential contest right now coming right a
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 2:00pm EDT
country that have 20 or more electoral votes, barack obama is leading in four of nem. the only state he's not leading at that that's a swing state is florida, and that's tied. the fundamentals of the race still favor obama, and people have to keep that in mind. >> let me bring you in on this. i'm not giving up the if the lies and propaganda of the last four years work after obama fought back solidly against them. then reality-based government is over in the can you understand again and we're back to bush cheney but more extreme. it's one debate, but it was one debate with 70 million more people, more eyes on that debate than any speech that we could carry on all of cable neuews combined, then any radio program or twitter account could get. >> it is one debate that was heavily tuned in. perhaps the second presidential debate maybe double. nevertheless it's not just one debate. >> it's one debate that is very visible but a different mitt romney shows up. obama just let that happen. mitt romney showed up and he seemed like an energetic guy to fix things. obama showed up and looked tired
FOX News
Oct 8, 2012 9:00am EDT
momentum was drifting toward obama. certainly if you looked at the battleground states and now you're seeing there is a battleground poll out today, they're neck-and-neck. so i think, a race is on what i would say. bill: i see. what rasmussen was saying last week. give me sunday morning or monday because you need three days of rolling averages to really reflect something that is accurate. but, tony, what gallup is putting out today, they put a post-debate performance question, and they had never seen in their history before seen such a jump or such a one-sided victory going back to 1992, 20 years ago. >> absolutely, bill. this was a game ink thatting moment without a doubt. even the focus groups taken that night were giving results that commentators were saying, we've done focus groups since the beginning of election. never has there been confirmed affirmative support of one candidate as a result of one performance. this is exactly why right now you see the president of and his campaign starting to grasp for straws. they're getting to the point they're getting a little desperate. tryi
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 6:00am EDT
, toward mitt romney. >> no doubt. >> nethese are a group of peopl that saw barack obama feed a state senator who was under scandal, who saw barack obama win the u.s. senate race because his main opponent took his wife to strip clubs who won the presidency after eight years of george w. bush. i don't think he's had his back against the wall. i love it. it's fascinating to see the character of this man and see how he responds. >> well, you know, you can't show up to the next debate if you're the president of the united states clearly accompanied by a level of disdain that was so apparent visually. what am i doing here with this guy? he had absolutely no respect for mitt romney. you know, you hear that over and over again internally, but he showed it visually. he showed it when he was on stage with governor romney the other night. he cannot show up like that again. >> it was also a strategy, though. he was playing four corners offense. he felt like he had a lead and took the air out of the ball. he can't afford to do that. there's still four weeks left. he'll be a totally different guy
MSNBC
Oct 4, 2012 8:00pm PDT
kind of lift, ed. >> well, okay. so does president obama need to do more in the state, go reaffirm his position with these voters? or do you consider him to still be in really good shape in ohio? >> he's in good -- >> did the debate do anything to him last night? >> the president is in good shape, but come on. i feel like you and chris matthews after that debate. the president is going to have to bring it the way he should and the way he knows that he needs to do it, but he's going to be here in cleveland
MSNBC
Oct 4, 2012 8:00pm EDT
romney love in this state. >> so you know president obama. ohioans know what he has done for the economy. >> we. >> and the pack of lies, nobody is -- everybody's going to see through exactly what romney was doing last night? that's the take? >> that's the take, ed. you know, republicans talk about a president who has been trying. well, yes, he has been trying. you know, you want to talk about trickle-down government. if that means saving the auto industry and providing a safety net for people who are in need, if that means stopping and averting a great recession from going into a great depression, we will take trickle-down government any day of the week. the governor -- the president is trying but the governor's doing a whole lot of lying. >> should the republicans worry about voter turnout? >> absolutely, they should, ed. and all the voter suppression, tactics that they are using in the state of ohio is just further cementing the cause of folks getting out to vote. people in ohio are excited getting out to vote and that's clearly the first day in early voting where in one count
CNN
Oct 8, 2012 2:00pm EDT
obama. give us one day or two on that. we promise we'll be watching the three states for you as we move forward. on the topic of debates here, keep this in mind as well this is a big week. we have the vice presidential debate coming up this thursday. that's biden versus ryan here. a week from tomorrow, obama versus romney. and then those two again, two weeks from today, that's the final debate before the election. so mitt romney to the, he gave this 20-minute speech on foreign policy. not exactly one of romney's stronger suits thus far. take a look at yet another poll here. the question being better on foreign policy shows him trailing the president by seven points on that one specifically. wolf blitzer, let's talk to you about all of this. joining me live from washington here. and we'll listen in a moment to that speech from mitt romney at vmi. let me ask you this, why a foreign policy speech this late in the election campaign? do you think he sees some sort of opening here? >> yes, i think that the killing of the american ambassador and three other americans in benghazi, libya, t
ABC
Oct 9, 2012 11:00pm EDT
the race for president to tell you about tonight. obama met with supporterst ohio state university and subject thate remains at the top of the headlines. >> for all you moms and kids out there, don't worry, somebody is finally doing something about big bird. the new that he was driving our deficit. -- who knew that he was driving our deficit? a new obama campaign at mitt romney campaign week.ent last we have one out of six in poverty, 47 on food stamps, and the s timeent is spending hi saving big bird. i will spend my time talking jobs.saving but the latest polls show both neck-and-neck. you can watch the debate right thursday at 9:00 on abc 7. during that debate, we invite onto wjla.com and you us your instant reaction. >> of former cancer patient is out raged while trying to take a trip to paradise. hear what she said she was do at the airport. i'm barack obama, and i approve this message. "i'm not in favor of a $5 trillion tax cut. that's not my y plan." mitchell: n"the nonpartisan tax policy center concluded that mitt romney's tax plan would cost $4.8 trillion over 10 years." v
FOX
Oct 9, 2012 6:00pm EDT
, to engize voters all over the country and especially in key swing states. mrs. obama is fired up and ready to go and talked about women's issues and that her husband's america means looking out for everybody. >> none of us gets where we are on our own. there is also a community of people lifting us up, where we treat everyone with dignity and respect from the teachers who inspire us to janitors who keep our schools clean. [ applause ] >> and, and when one of us stumbles when one of us falls on hard times, we don't tell them tough luck, you're on your own. no, instead, we extend the hand and get them back on their feet payment. >> reporter: in 2008 -- again. >> reporter: in 2008, obama won louden county and west virginia. and this win is important to the re-election. as the first lady told the voters a moment ago, you are the key back to you. >> and today is the last day to register by mail to vote in district. and this is friday, october 19th. d.c. has same-day registrations to residents and we'll be able to register and cast ballots. >>> in maryland, tuesday, october 16th is the dea
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 9:00am EDT
obama hit more than one state in one day. >> i didn't know he was capable of that. >> if you look at iowa and you look at ohio, what romney could feel optimistic about is that although he hastrailed, there's still a conversation about the economy and national debt. despite the lower unm employment rates than nationally. i if the candidate performs the way he did in the debate in terms of explaining for himself what he wants to do he has a chance to make up ground because it is fertile territory for him. >> it's a matter of how he performs. >> and obama under performed his campaign at the debates, the question is can the campaign apparatus measure up to romney the candidate. and does romney the candidate stay the guy we saw on saturday night. >> just when we think we have a game changing moment that something else happens, and these polls showing a romney advantage, i still don't think we have polls showing whether those jobs numbers from friday. >> if that maretters, right. you guys have narrowed it down to six states. iowa has been the one that not everybody's sure. but you have new
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 2:00pm EDT
and obama, as the candidates blitz the buckeye state and the polls tighten, could this all come down to ohio? i'm brooke baldwin. the news is now. >>> a man close to bashar al assad's regime defects. and speaks to cnn. >> translator: he seemed worried all day long. we rarely saw him smiling. >>> plus, a consulate's attacked, an ambassador is killed, and this lawmaker wants answers. jason chaffetz joins me live, fresh off his trip to libya. >>> and the magic johnson tells me about an in-home test that could save your life. jack, you're a little boring. boring. boring. [ jack ] after lauren broke up with me, i went to the citi private pass page and decided to be...not boring. that's how i met marilyn... giada... really good. yes! [ jack ] ...and alicia. ♪ this girl is on fire [ male announcer ] use any citi card to get the benefits of private pass. more concerts, more events, more experiences. [ jack ] hey, who's boring now? [ male announcer ] get more access with the citi card. [ crowd cheering, mouse clicks ] ♪ playing a lone hand ♪ my life begins today ♪ ♪ fly by night awa
NBC
Oct 1, 2012 11:00pm EDT
will be addressing. >> that poll shows obama with an 11 point lead and a dusting states but mitt romney advisers believe many undecided voters are still up for grabs and say they will -- mitt romney will hold his message. >> now, your 11 insta weather forecaster christopher's showers, -- your insta weather forecast. >> the showers are fairly light. you can see west of the mountains, the rain is much heavier. all that will continue to shift slowly to the north and east. the pressure is drawing moisture off the gulf of mexico and up to the mountains. it will grassley word to the next day and a half or so. at bwi, the total rain -- a little bit of a deficit for the month of december. it is looking promising. semin to degrees. that is average for the day. 48 for the menlo -- for the morning low. probably will not see temperatures cooling off much at all. i think it will be rain around for the morning rush hour. 55 in the coolest burster is 62 in a downtown bar to more -- 62 in downtown baltimore. even though we will see clouds and showers for tuesday and parts of wednesday, temperatu
CBS
Oct 10, 2012 4:00am PDT
parenthood, an organization that provides abortion. the obama campaign says we know about the truth on where romney stan on a women's right to choose. women can't trust him. meanwhile polls indicate romney is gaining ground in a key battleground state, that state is ohio. he intensified his campaign efforts there. tara mergener has more. >> reporter: good morning. with 18 electoral votes ohio is key to mitt romney's path to the white house and according to the latest numbers he's making progress. mitt romney and his supporters have a new message for president obama. >> you got the idea. >> reporter: romney has three more campaign stops in ohio today, for a very good reason. no republican has won the presidency without carrying ohio. >> i want you to go out there and find someone who voted for barack obama and come get them to join our team. >> reporter: romney's ohio poll voters are surging. more voters are connecting. >> this country is a country of equal opportunity. i think everybody has an equal chance to succeed and i think romney is for that. >> reporter: president obama is ba
FOX
Oct 7, 2012 5:00pm PDT
election 2012 news, president obama returns to the golden state, including the bay area as fundraising gets close to $1 billion. today president obama landed in los angeles for a visit. tonight's events includes a reception with bill clinton and dinner and a concert. >> tomorrow president obama will go to bakersfield to dedicate immomentument and then will arrive in the bay area -- monument and then arrive in the bay area. mitt romney campaigned in florida, knocking president obama's performance in last week's debate. >> you had the chance to hear his answers or his non-answers. [ laughter ] >> now, of course, we are hearing his excuses and january we will watch him leave the white house. >> mitt romney had to fight off a supporter who was attempting to wipe his face. a poll shows mitt romney about even with president obama in florida. in colorado mitt romney losing ground in the swing state since the debate. a poll found the president is leading by 4 points. that is one point less than a different poll taken before the debate. 80% said they watched the debate. >>> this week the nomine
CNN
Oct 9, 2012 10:00pm EDT
women. white women. right now, president obama gets a majority among white women here in the state of ohio. back in 2008, remember, senator obama won ohio then, he only got 47% of the white women vote. these are middle class women, a lot of them are working women, some of them have been laid off the last four years, some of them have had their husbands laid off the last four years. the 47% remark, i had a woman come up to me in michigan and talk about this, i met several in ohio today, it offended them. some have had to ask for food stamps or other government assistance over the past several years. it offended them and makes them think romney doesn't understand their every day struggles of getting the kids off to school, paying the bills. that is still a warning sign here. he's making progress but if i had to put one thing on a bill board and say to win the election, romney better learn to deal with this, it would be that. the blowback from the 47%, especially among middle class women. >> gloria, you say polls are showing suburban women are keyed to a romney win at this point. >> t
FOX News
Oct 7, 2012 3:00pm EDT
wrong state. i live in new york. my state votes will go to obama. if all new york swing voters shift their votes. if you live in texas, same deal. doesn't matter how voted for, texas will go to romney. >> why campaign in the other states? >> why? in waste our time. >> john: otherwise, consultants ignore 40 of 50 states. >> this is not about a national campaign. it's about persuadable voters in a few states. >> john: today campaign managers copy rove's strategy. first identify your key voters and then get them to vote. >> your only priority is get them to vote. >> they call it gltv. >> have you a chance to vote yet? >> hundreds of volunteers can knock on their door. you have to remind them. and you call them again? >> sure. so they know where their polling place is. >> you have to make sure your votes get out there. >> john: today the phone system is automated. the phone automatically dials a likely supporter and name pops up. campaign is called these people months before. >> we appreciate you getting out and vote. >> computer kept track if they were going to vote for their candidate.
FOX News
Oct 3, 2012 8:00am PDT
. president obama holds a slight edge in the state of colorado where nine electoral votes are up for grabs but the state is really looking a lot more competitive than it did in 2008 when candidate barack obama won the state by nine points over john mccain. let's take a look at the swing states here, and colorado in particular. the yellow of course are the battleground states. they are all in play. colorado in particular, their economy slightly above the national average, in terms of unemployment, 8.2%, average gas price $3.78, that is double from when the president took office. foreclosure rate is the 10th highest in the nation, one out of 617. and barack obama and mitt romney each have visited the state seven times. so, obviously, very important to their campaigns. 5million-plus population, nine electoral votes. the governor and both u.s. senators are democratic, but there is a slight advantage to republicans in terms of registration. major industries, aerospace and energy, and here is the latest poll average "real clear politics," the president has roughly a 3-point edge. receive f
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Oct 2, 2012 6:00am EDT
said the other day that obama has made the united states look impo nent the world. dot facts bear that out. >> i disagree with that. i disagree with that. the suggestion that somehow america could or even should be in the drivers seat in the arab spring is inherently ridiculous. i mean what happened in egypt was done by the people, the young people, primarily, in tahrir square. then the egypt that was left having lost its autocratic superstructure was still an egypt, just look at the distribution of the population, most likely to produce an islamist government, with which it did. all along the way we should try to maximize our values and our interests, including freedom and human rights, and not just majority rule but minority rights, and individual rights. but we couldn't control it, and we shouldn't. and i expect that's what president morsi will say here tomorrow. but if you look at libya, we had more opportunities to influence it, and we did. and we influenced it in a very positive way. and they like us more than a lot of people do in the middle east. but notwithstanding that,
CSPAN
Oct 6, 2012 7:00pm EDT
president obama's louis the xiv side. louis the xiv said -- i am the state. and mr. obama became very close in an press conference to saying i am the change. the title is actually from suggestion of my editor. and publishers, i had entertained another possibility, which was actually suggested to me my my friend bill. barack obama, what the hell were we thinking? [laughter] as opposed to some of my conservative colleagues and friends, i don't think we get very far by labeling president obama a socialist or by trying to trace his foreign origins or his secret muslim "devotions" nor i do think even that we greatly alumni nate things by to -- as my old friend argues in his movie and two books about obama. i think it's fairer to begin fairer and more useful in the end -- excuse me. to begin admitting president obama is what he call himself namely a progressive or a liberal. and the rest of the title is on barack obama and the crisis of liberalism. i don't mean by this the kind of crisis that was like this is the kind of national emergency that invites the expansion of government. but rathe
MSNBC
Oct 8, 2012 8:00pm PDT
exact same position of the current president of the united states. this guy named barack obama. romney didn't offer any additional specifics, so it is hard to tell if he has really any disagreement with the president over afghanistan. the same goes for iran. >> i'll put the leaders of iran on notice that the united states and our friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring weapon escapebility. >> if you believe the new mitt romney, he is going to prevent iran from getting a nuclear weapon. president obama says the same thing. but mitt romney doesn't say how he will prevent iran from getting any nuclear weapon. he also doesn't tell you who is advising him on all of these matters. one of his foreign policy advisors is former bushy john bolton who never met a bomb he couldn't launch. earlier this area bolton told fox news the bet wear toy prevent iran from getting nuclear weapons is to attack its program directly. oh, boy. another romney adviser, here is a dandy, his former bush state department official robert joseph. joseph, now you're wondering, where do we know this gu
MSNBC
Oct 2, 2012 4:00pm PDT
swing states the obama campaign has bombarded voters, as you said, with this powerful ad going after romney for his 47% putdown. let's take a look. >> 47% of the americans who vote for the president who are dependent, who believe they're victims, who believe the government has to care for them, who believes they're entitled to health care, food, housing, you name it, and they will vote for this president no matter what. so my job is not to worry about those -- i'll never take care of them. they should take care responsibility and take care of themselves. >> you look at this analytical, only three or four breaks, romney would be ahead right now, breaks going to obama's side. the romney performance overseas when he blew that thing with cameron. the masterful performance by bill clinton where he reset the clock on the economy. of course, this 47%. these breaks have been going toward obama, haven't they? i mean, i can't think the last time romney got a break. >> reporter: no, really not since -- you have to go back, i would say, to may or june at the earliest to come up with a time
CNN
Oct 10, 2012 5:00am EDT
fire. >>> president obama is focused on the key battleground state of ohio. has it paid off? brand new poll numbers and analysis coming right up. but she loved it so much... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. silverado! the most dependable, longest lasting, full-size pickups on the road. so, what do you think? [ engine revs ] i'll take it. [ male announcer ] it's chevy truck month. now during chevy truck month, get 0% apr financing for 60 months or trade up to get the 2012 chevy silverado all-star edition with a total value of $8,000. hurry in before they're all gone! and i took on all the bigger, tougher ones. but with mr. clean's new select-a-size magic eraser, he can take on any size job. at least we don't go near rex's mobile home as often. what are you, scared? [ dog barks ] aah! oh! [ male announcer ] new mr. clean select-a-size magic eraser. sven's home security gets the most rewards of
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Oct 2, 2012 3:00pm PDT
states. in presidential penal ran dumb, president obama direct -- memorandum, president obama directed eric holder to prepare it to house detainees. sparking backlash on capitol hill. lawmakers sought to block any funning to transfer suspects from gitmo to the mainland. they vowed not to place any detainee at the illinois facility. >> we will not move people from guantanamo regardless of the state of law to thompson. that is my penal as attorney general. >> skeptics including one of the vocal critics of the original plan, congressman frank wolf remained doubtful. >> you can't take the attorneyien at his word. >> that is not world's only objection. >> as of now you are fined violation of the senate earmark been a, if you have an earmark been a, i think the american people are really expecting you to live up to it. >> reporter: others argue the $165 million request came directly from the executive branch, which isn't bound by congressmember self-imposed earmark band. it doesn't meet the definition of an earmark. house appropriation committee chair republican hal rogers called th
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 11:00pm PDT
home state, he trails the president by just three there as well now in a new epic-mra poll, obama, 48%, romney, 45%. we'll be right back. boy, they are close. >>> we're back. throughout this election year we've watched president obama and governor romney's campaigns carefully craft a message on who exactly their candidate is and what makes them tick. well, a pbs frontline documentary airing tonight is breaking through the talking points to find out what made these two presidential candidates the men they are in the words of their friends, family, enemies, and the reporters who have covered them. let's watch. >> he is a pragmatic business person. he's a guy who likes to take apart a problem and figure out how to get it fixed. >> barack obama is a fascinating mixture of boldness and caution but then once he makes a decision, it's usually the bold one. >> mitt romney has been accused of flip-flopping, but on mormonism he will never flip-flop. >> and yet in politics he has often tried to keep that part of him behind the curtain. >> the backlash against his presidency must be mystifying to
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 2:00am EDT
against it in every kay. he's the one w >> one president obama wants the states to decide on same-sex marriage. romney keeps same-sex banned entirely and for all time. >> president obama stepped up and rescued the auto industry. mitt romney said to let it go bankrupt. one said to make sure women get equal pay. the other heads the party that down the line was against it. -- across the country, the other
MSNBC
Oct 9, 2012 3:00pm EDT
grabs. obama won both states in 2008 and has a stlim three-point lead in these two battlegrounds. speaking of battlegrounds, word today the romney camp is moving resources out of pennsylvania and into ohio hoping to target early voters in the buckeye state. the first poll was conducted entirely after last week's debate shows romney with a four-point lead monday likely voters. it's a 12-point swing. if you look at gallup, obama leads among registered voters but romney leads among the all important likely voters. it's why both pull out the big guns on the trail calling in bill clinton and chris christie, while the running mates are holed up in debate prep. they face off thursday in kentucky. one month out, and we start today with "washington post" political columnist dana millback. >> hi, s.e. >> hi. let's start with with the pugh poll. it puts hit ahead likely voters and registered voters and he's made big gains among women voters and middle class voters. is it about one debate night? >> it's time for obama to panic. we did this a couple of weeks ago when the polls were the other
CNN
Oct 3, 2012 10:30pm EDT
out one state. colorado, the blue is the obama campaign, lighter blue, democratic pacs. pinkish red, the pro-romney pacs. why are the democrats spending more? trying to hold this state. why are republicans spending more, trying to catch up. very fascinating to watch after debate number one. how does it reset the battle, and watch the resources, catch the campaigns, ad spending, the first act of the final month and it will change things. >> we've studied history. covered races, when you have an incumbent president, and a stroll challenger comes in, and stands toe to toe. than an incumbent president, whether it was bill clinton versus george h.w. bush. when the incouple beumbent does the challenger does well, they get a boost in the immediate days ahead. >> the challenge for governor romney. it will be interesting to see how the voters score this one. the president is personally popular, even among undecided voters, soft obama supporter who's say i'm not sure about the economy, auto not sure he is a good economic leader. governor romney has to make the case against a man that say popu
FOX News
Oct 7, 2012 12:00am PDT
president of the united states and serving four years bark obama walked out on the stage and said i am black, i can't take on the white guy. whether in sports or music or acting some days you don't have the juice. we squeezed out what we could and i will offer my humble and accurate assessment of the efirst of all mitt romney countering what the obama came pair is saying about his tax proposal. >> i have five boys and i am used to people saying something that is not always true ask keep - and keep on repeating it and hope i believe it >> this was brilliant. first of all by envoking the story of his sons, it brought the sense of connection of mitt romney as a father and he raised kid more like us in that regard. countering the criticisms of mitt romney. that showed a connection and his boys had told him . let's say funny business like every body does to their partner, that said yeah, it must be normal in the romney house. but then the subtle was he was saying, you know, it doesn't matter if you are my son house or president. if you keep telling me something over and over, i am not so
PBS
Oct 1, 2012 10:00pm PDT
little bit more. it's in the swing states particularly critical ohio where the obama lead appears to be four- to eight-points, something in that range. there are two possible regulations. one is state-specific factors that are affecting voters in those states. for example, in virginia and ohio, a better-than-average national economy. but the other conclusion it seems to me that you have to arrive at is campaigns matter. the obama folks are running a good campaign with good ads, good messaging in these swing states. >> woodruff: that's where they're putting all these efforts. >> they're running more ads. they ran more ads in the spring. they had more money to run ads in the summer. that was a time when they were really attacking governor romney trying to undermine his credentials on the economy. the romney campaign for financial reasons and also following their own strategy didn't respond as fully. didn't spend as much money on ads as the obama group did. this is a good bet that the obama campaign is thinking they have won. >> woodruff: maybe it's paying off. >> no question about it that
PBS
Oct 1, 2012 6:00pm PDT
nationally the obama-romney race is still close. but the president is moving ahead in most of the battle ground states. to get a sense of where the race stands, and what each campaign believes the candidates must do in those debates, we're joined by our regular duo, stuart rothenberg of the "rothenberg political report" and "roll call," and susan page, washington bureau chief of "u.s.a. today." welcome back to both of you. >> good to be here. woodruff: we just reported again, stu, nationally the race looks pretty close but in the battle ground states the president seems to have lead. what do you make of all that? >> that's exactly the case. national numbers show obama leading by two to four points. some polls have it it a little bit more. it's in the swing states particularly critical ohio where the obama lead appears to be four- to eight-points, something in that range. there are two possible regulations. one is state-specific factors that are affecting voters in those states. for example, in virginia and ohio, a better-than-average national economy. but the other conclusion it s
FOX News
Oct 3, 2012 3:00pm PDT
is hurting? the policies that barack obama is imposing on the united states haven't worked anywhere in the world they have ever been tried. never. >> bret: florida senator marco rubio and former president bill clinton two big campaigners for both sides welcome campaigners. back with the panel. jeff, you listen to them on the stump. those campaigns have to like when they're out in battleground states. >> which is why they sent them out there. president clinton, the chicago headquarters of the obama campaign would like to have president clinton out there more. he has other things on the schedule. not a coincident he is in new hampshire today. he will spend time in florida i'm told. ness as well. places where the economy still needs, people need to be convinced that the economy is doing better. senator rubio, he is campaigning aggressively, but not in florida oddly. he spends most time around the country. a little bit interesting. doing his own work at the same time. >> bret: is this debate as turning point, a point? >> big moment. you can't have an event watched by 50 million plus peo
Current
Oct 1, 2012 10:00pm PDT
are now very much supporting obama in these swing states, and if you look at that medicare question its devastating for romney and ryan. >> cenk: last word on this, and if noam is right and i've seen the polls, and he is right going further right didn't work. you can't really criticize president from the left, i don't think you can if you're republican. what do they have left? >> they don't have states to run to, and i think they've played that chess game. i think he's inextricably tied to ryan, and i hate to see t but they'll have to double down and have the of a presidential presence. that's what is going to make the difference for romney. the substance isn't. i think seeming presidential, going in as an underdog, which is he is going as president that's the only hope he has. and that's very slim. >> if it's that hopeless in the debate, he may have less hope than i realized. great analysis. now when we come back, there is a new hollywood movie out against teachers' unions. the conservatives have figured it out, go hollywood. this is pretty nefarious. i'll show you the real reason
CNN
Oct 6, 2012 7:00am EDT
obama campaign has a very serious ground game in those states you identified. we are going to be on the ground every day, knocking on doors, registering voters and getting them out to vote in states like iowa and ohio. we are already getting people to the polls. those states are voting now. and the dnc and obama for america has got a vote bus tour that is in ohio today that is encouraging people to vote early. so, we're going to bring them out. >> you say, though, that we're heading in the right direction. certainly it looks like that when you talk about the unemployment rate at 7.8%. it has dropped. but the real important number here is that 114,000 jobs that were added. this doesn't keep up, though, with the population growth. so, as far as you saying we're heading in the right direction, i mean, romney and other republicans say that's not enough and indicates how sluggish the economy actually remains. so, is the jobs report really a as good as obama is touting it to be? >> well, the president has also said we have a lot of work to do. we need to continue moving forward. and that'
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 9:00am EDT
be deductible expenses. >> obama called on ohio state university students to vote early. >> grab your friends, grab everybody in your dorm. grab everybody in your frat terfrat -- >> romney meanwhile seemed to lower debate expectations to a stunningly low bar for his running mate yet, take a listen. >> i don't know how paul will deal with this debate. obviously the vice president has done i don't know 15 or 20 debates during his lifetime, experienced debater, this may be his first debate. >> after the vice presidential debate, biden will be heading to the home state of none other than paul ryan, he'll be in la voss, wisconsin on friday. finally, our centerpiece topic of the day, with control the senate hanging in the balance, we have got a bumper crop of tight senate races. around after the senate races in the u.s. are expected to be won by three point ors less. some outlier races and a handful of wild card races, swing state races think, virginia, wisconsin, nevada. these are senate races in presidential battlegrounds. in nevada gene eler is trying to distance himself from paul ryan's
CSPAN
Oct 9, 2012 5:00pm EDT
different paths for victory. >> right now, you have 251 points for barack obama. the states in play hard hatch marks and are not color-coded. what is the data that goes into making this analysis? >> deciding which are swing states, we looked at an average of polls. we look at all the polls that are out there, and come up with an average. you can see, when you take all the data available, what the numbers show, and how important swing states are. that is always a moving target. we are constantly getting new information. you will see how the numbers shift and change as the election gets closer. generally, these states are the tightest and could go either way. >> states in play -- take us through a couple. guest: a lot are familiar states that have been a bellwether in past elections. we still see florida and ohio as among the most coveted states. they have a lot of electoral votes and are still very close. florida, at this point, looks to be about hide. you see that florida has 29 electoral votes. if you look at barack obama at 251, 270 is the magic number. if barack obama wins in flo
FOX News
Oct 8, 2012 4:00pm EDT
have. that is one of the reasons you have seen in battleground states polls of obama have been polling ahead of romney and now the dynamic is changing after republicans now feel they have a chance, conservative republicans particularly, are coming along behind romney and they are enthusiastic now. so, i think that the win that was coming out of republican sails is back. >>eric: now, another poll, kind of a score card and it seems to be changings kind of a scoreboard, you can see the early innings, looked like the home team was winning, look at this, 2012 presidential candidate, ill imagine after the first debate, better or worse, governor romney, 56 percent of the people polled say their image of him has increased and president obama only 13 percent. >>guest: that is not surprising. people know who president obama is. they have an idea of their impression of him. romney was still a blank slate to a lost voters. coming up we have a couple more weeks left before voters are fully engaged in this. that debate which was watched by the second or third highest debate ever. >>eric: 67
NBC
Oct 9, 2012 6:00am EDT
this afternoon. mr. obama will be at ohio state university in columbus. he has campaigned on more than 30 college campuses this year. the first lady campaigning for the president today here in northern virginia. michelle obama will speak to supporters at the loudoun county fairgrounds in leesburg this evening. virginia has been a common stop for both candidates and their spouses. mitt romney and his wife ann were making multiple campaign stops in virginia yesterday. the first lady's event opens to the public at 2:45 this afternoon. >>> people who live in the district today is the last day you can register to vote by mail. applications are available online and at public libraries, firehouses and police stations. anyone who misses today's deadline can still register to vote during early voting and on the election at their polling place. the election is tuesday, november 6th. >>> the top american counterterrorism adviser heads to libya today. john brennan will yet get an update on the investigation into the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi last month. ambassador chris stevens and
MSNBC
Oct 10, 2012 3:00pm EDT
the buckeye state. the latest real clear politics poll shows the obama lead narrowing in iowa and and pulling ahead in colorado. guest spot today, a man that knows about swing states and especially the centennial state, that's democratic senator mark udall of colorado. welcome to the show. i guess i want to start -- we're hearing, you know, pushback i think of liberals and supporters saying everybody calm down on the democratic side. not time to panic yet. let's see how it sorts out. at the same time we have all year first time an average of all polls showing mitt romney in the lead in this race. i'm wondering as a democrat and obama supporter how real is the possibility right now that mitt romney can win this election? >> steve, thanks for having me on. we ought to all take a deep breath. campaigns have twists and turns. last week was a challenging week for the president and the campaign but there's 27 days left to go. the president has the right, forward-looking agenda. coming to colorado, people here care about issues and clear contrasts of governor romney and president obama. we h
FOX News
Oct 8, 2012 11:00pm PDT
kitchen. crazy, creepy people out there. good they're terrified of the united states. >> bob: about romney? >> greg: spooked about anybody willing to use force rather than -- let's go back. focus on iran. remember in 2009 how president obama reacted to iran. a muted response. then he said he was troubled. his rough stance was a frown. that is what romney is talking about. >> dana: the other thing, his message to the debate is return america to position of economic strength and growth. if you talk foreign policy, the economic policy matters because you want a strong growing america to become the lender not be the borrower. we're not on that path. romney not saying he could get it done and get us on a better path to be a stronger world player in the future. >> bob: what he said about iran, i would make the sanctions tougher. move the mediterranean fleet up near iran and the pacific fleet near iran, both have been done. >> dana: i thought you said he didn't give specifics. >> bob: he didn't. >> dana: those sound specific. >> bob: he said i'd move the fleets but they're already there. >
ABC
Oct 7, 2012 8:00am PDT
. >> president obama going into that debate, winning, ahead in every single battleground state. i mean he was -- looked to me like a guy that was running out the clock. he was ahead. obviously there was a strategic decision not to bring up bain capital, not to bring up the 47%. >> they disagree and say he was prepared for all of that. what i was more surprised, mary, sort of picking up on the points of blurring the differences that paul was making, when social security came up, president obama says, well, mitt romney and i basically agree on social security. >> can i state the obvious since we all have theorys? the obvious is he didn't bring his game because he doesn't have a game. they have now blamed his performance on everything from strategic he's a unifier. that's belied by his campaign calling mitt romney everything from a liar to a tax thief to a felon to a murderer to a dog abuser to a misogynist. this is one of the most negative campaigns in history and blame jim lehrer -- >> it was the altitude. >> the altitude, okay. he has no game. the only way the truth that this president li
KRON
Oct 8, 2012 5:00pm PDT
center stated that mitt romney had before percent lead over president obama pripe. president obama made history when he announced a memorial for cesar chavis. let us honor his memory of most importantly less live up to his example. romney was blasting the president as being passed tough and that he is not a global leader. >> the president has failed to lead and syria. a lot of women have been. our ally turkey has been an. before romney's spoke he stated that his trip. tonight the obama campaign is calling from is criticism reckless. the vice president the bay will be up next on thursday night. a lot of people will be watching joe biden and paul ryan. some say that there will be extra pressure on by dan. this will be thursday night and the next presidential debate. that will be on comcast 193 or on digital channel 4.2. >> prosecutors say the fed petty few people will take the stand for jerry sandusky. he was convicted of molesting 10 young boys. he was convicted on 45 counts of child abuse. he claims that he did not do these alleged disgusting acts. >> he was drawn by a well or the hands
MSNBC
Oct 3, 2012 8:00pm EDT
polls are bad for romney and good for obama in the swing states. but the national numbers are as tight as they get. the primaries are over, the conventions are over, but the debates, the home stretch, starts right now. >>> all right. the pre-season is officially over. game on. thank you for joining us tonight for msnbc's coverage of this first presidential debate of the 2012 campaign. i'm rachel maddow here at our headquarters in new york. i'm joined by ed schultz, reverend al sharpton, chris hayes, and steve schmidt. lawrence o'donnell will be our man in the spin room tonight. and the one and only chris matthews is at the university of denver, which is the site of tonight's debate. chris, i've been watching you this past hour. i can sense the excitement that you feel, that i feel as well. i mean, it is a big night when these candidates speak at their conventions, but tonight the tv audience for this debate could be almost twice the size as the convention audience. just a huge night. what are each of these guys thinking they need to do tonight? >> well, i think obama's the one i'
MSNBC
Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm PDT
obama named hillary clinton secretary of state, and forged the unity of the democratic party. that convention in charlotte is the reason they're winning today. the exuberant excitement of a party that feels united, because of the clinton/obama connection. they are connected. no president who's been elected in the 20th century, except for hoover, has been defeated in a two-way race. the only people who have lost is when there's been divisions. whether it's ross perot pulling off the right wing from george senior or george anderson pulling the moderate and liberals away from carter. in a two-person race with the incumbent president, the incumbent wins. and all you have to do is stay united. that's what they've dope with clinton. it's still true. bill clinton today up in new hampshire again, sealed the deal again. he will do it in pennsylvania, he will do it in ohio, and when the time comes, he'll do it in wisconsin. they're going to own the rust belt, the democrats, because of this united party. that's what i think is really important this election. >> and you've got it on politics a
MSNBC
Oct 6, 2012 12:00pm EDT
president obama has run twice as many tv ads in nine key states as the gop challenger mitt romney. the obama campaign has run 233,000 ads in those states compared to -- i know your paper is still conducting its latest poll there in the key stoet states. but you published a poll in september. that poll showed president obama ahead of mitt romney by 11 points at that point, 50 to 39. all those obama tv ads may have had a big impact. what are the changes you expect in your next poll? >> well, after the debate performance i'd expect that romney is going to get another look at pennsylvania voters. so we'll probably see maybe a little bump for him, or some weak obama supporters might may move to undecided. it's sort of a reassessment maybe. and also interestingly, the obama folks have not been advertising in pennsylvania since about the end of august. they hadn't felt the need. >> you know, but a lot of people political analysts are going to say that your state is largely out of reach for mitt romney. what do you say to that? >> i'd say yeah, it's aup hill climb. it trends democratic. howeve
WHUT
Oct 3, 2012 7:00am EDT
direct comparisons, mitt romney is trailing barack obama in the polls in a number of key states but the president is under attack for failing to deliver jobs for voters. nowhere is that felt more than reno, nevada where the unemployment rate is the highest in the country. >> in the city nevada, reno is a little less vegas than las vegas it might be little but its voters could have a big impact on the elections. few places in america were worse hit by recession. inform has the highest unemployment rate in the country. barack obama won here comfortably four years ago. this time it will be closer. >> you're going to have a big choice to make, nevada. and it's not just choice between two candidates or two political parties. it's a choice between two different paths for this country. >> this is the other path. mitt romney, the businessman turned politician who is promising to turn the economy around slipped a little in the polls but it's still too close to call. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward to america we can choose and the people are goin
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